There is a new road project in Cumberland County to be on the lookout for. There will be various improvements to State Route-101 or Peavine Road and paving from Firetower Road to Westchester/Catoosa Boulevard. The contractor will be installing construction signs and erosion control measures. Clearing and grubbing activities will be in progress.
Cookeville police have arrested a local man on drug charges. Twenty-two-year-old Joseph Osteen, Junior, was charged with the manufacture/ distribution and sale of methamphetamine. Police allegedly say Osteen allegedly passed out in a car on South Jefferson.
A suspect search got underway after a man was shot during an early-morning road rage incident in Lebanon. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened in the area of Carthage Highway near the intersection of Big Springs Road. The suspect was described as a white male in his mid to late 30’s, around 6’2 tall, with dark hair and a goatee.
A measure to allow non resident property owners to vote in Cookeville City elections didn't make it out of the City Council.
Mayor Ricky Shelton, who favored Councilman Dwight Henry's resolution, says he sees it as a business issue.
"There are many people who create businesses here, create hundreds of jobs, thousands of dollars of investment and they don't have the ability to vote," Shelton says.
The measure actually passed 3-2, but a charter change, such as this, requires at least 4 votes in favor.
The non-profit regional blood center, Blood Assurance, is partnering with Middle TN Federal Credit Union to host a public blood drive Tomorrow. Community members are invited to donate blood anytime between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. inside the Blood Assurance bloodmobile which will be located at the main Middle TN Federal Credit Union office, on East Spring Street in Cookeville. Each participating donor will be given a “What’s Your Type?” t-shirt and a chance to win a trip for two to Gatlinburg.
Provided by Susan Niland of TBI Newsroom
A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the McMinnville Police Department and the 31st Judicial District Attorney General’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a McMinnville man charged with a homicide that occurred earlier this month.
At the request of 31st Judicial District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, on February 6th, TBI Special Agents joined the McMinnville Police Department and investigators with the District Attorney’s Office in investigating the death of Barry Cole (DOB 6/17/1981). His body was discovered inside an outbuilding at 100 Lind Street. During the course of the investigation, information was obtained that led law enforcement officers to Wesley Lex Leverett, an acquaintance of Mr. Cole’s, as the individual responsible for the homicide.
Early Saturday morning, Leverett (DOB 3/12/1991) was arrested and charged with one count of Criminal Homicide. He was booked into the Warren County Jail and is being held on a $1,000,000 bond.
A suspected meth dealer who was arrested on drug charges Sunday, February 5th was busted again for similar offenses four days later. He tried to outrun the law in his pickup truck and crashed in Cannon County.
Thirty-nine year old Andy Joe Certain of Smithville is charged with evading arrest, possession of methamphetamine for sale and delivery, driving while in possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II & IV controlled substance, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. He was also cited for driving on a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $50,000 and his court date is March 2.
Cookeville Industrial Recruiters have some big fish on the line.
"Three ongoing projects still that we are working with and it's very exciting," Mayor Ricky Shelton says. "If all those come to fruition it'll be about another 2,000 jobs."
Shelton says success in the endeavor would bring the total of new jobs added in the last couple of years to around 4,500.
Two Tennessee lawmakers were booed out of a press conference on Wednesday. Sen. Mae Beavers and Rep. Mark Pody initially called the press conference to answer media questions about two bills they're jointly sponsoring. One would require transgender students to use the restrooms of their birth sex. The other voids the Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage in Tennessee. Both Beavers and Pody represents parts of the Upper Cumberland.
Tennessee Tech University is pleased to announce the opening of the R. Winston Morris Tuba Collection Exhibit in the TTU – Regions Bank Building on historic Broad Street in Cookeville. The collection represents 50 years of acquisitions of tuba-related items and art, in excess of 2,500 pieces, and has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest collection of its type in existence.
Professor R. Winston Morris, the internationally renowned elder statesman of the tuba/euphonium world, has been heading the tuba studio in the Department of Music at Tennessee Tech since 1967, when he founded the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) – now the most recorded ensemble of its kind in the world.
In the early 1970s, a student presented Morris with a small, lead figurine of a soldier playing a tuba. That single piece began a decades-long search with Morris and his students finding and collecting items representing the instruments of the tuba family and its history.
“When Professor Morris decided to donate the figurines and art works to Tech, we were very enthused about the opportunity to bring this special collection to the community,” said Kevin Braswell, vice president for University Advancement.
“With the opening of this unique exhibit on Cookeville’s historic West Side, Tennessee Tech celebrates not only the rich history of tuba music and the passion that Professor Morris has brought to us through his collection, but also the longevity and spirit of his impact on and relationships with his students, and TTTE over the past 50 years.”
Under the direction of R. Winston Morris, the TTTE has produced more than 27 recordings, some recent recordings were submitted and accepted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to be included on its “Grammy Entry List.” They appeared eight times in New York’s Carnegie Hall, at two World’s Fairs, have a long history of performances from Preservation Hall in New Orleans, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The ensemble has represented Tennessee Tech at numerous national and international conference engagements, and is responsible for the composition and arrangement of more music for the tuba than any other single source.
“I have had and currently have the distinct pleasure of teaching and training some of the finest young musicians around. They have gone on to exceptional careers in the performance and music education fields,” said Professor Morris. “This collection is a testament to those more than 350 students who contributed, and continue to contribute, so much to the tuba program, the ensemble, and inspire such growth in the perception of music for the tuba.”
“I would like to add that a recent Facebook interview about the collection, conducted by Guinness World Records, has had more than 130,000 views,” grinned Morris.
Tennessee Tech University and R. Winston Morris invite you and your family to visit this world-record-holding collection on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the TTU – Regions Bank Building located at 10 W. Broad Street in Cookeville. Admission is free. For more information visit www.tubacollection.tntech.edu or call 931-372-3206.